Tuesday, June 11, 2013

End of Year thoughts....

First of all, I want to say thank you to the entire PAOK organization for an amazing experience and season. Every person involved, from the President, Management, coaches, and players accepted me as a person and a player from the day I landed in Thessaloniki.  I will cherish all the friendships and relationships that I made during my time in Greece, and hope to see everyone again someday. Our team went on a 9 month journey together that was extremely hard work and dedication from everyone involved.  We won some big games, and we lost some heart breakers, but overall what we accomplished, I think surpassed anyone's expectations. The bond and love for each other that me and my teammates had, was so strong that we felt that we could achieve anything together. We believed that every game that we went into, we were going to Win!  Our coaching staff did an amazing job of getting the most out of this team. Even though they were pretty tough on us at times, we knew it was the best thing for us as a team. 
Personally I want to say thank you to my coaches for always believing in me and sticking with me through my tough times this season.  I had some ups and downs this year, and the only thing that got me through those moments was the confidence my coaches and teammates had in me. I took a lot of criticism from people outside of our team when I wasn't playing so well, but my coaches never gave up on me, and for that I am extremely grateful. I got a chance to show what type of player I really am. 
Lastly I want to say thank you to the fans who supported us through out the year. The PAOK fans are great. I believe that they are some of the most loyal fans in Greece. Although we didn't finish like we wanted to, overall the season was a huge success, and a step in the right direction in terms of building for the future. It's now time for summer vacation and relaxation. I plan on taking some time off and enjoying my family and friends for a while, and then getting back to work to become a even better player. Hopefully this will not be the last time PAOK fans hear from me, but no matter what happens, I am always PAOK for LIFE!!!! 

William Hatcher #4    

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